Being a Dad is not easy. One has to compromise and do things one would ordinarily avoid. As a father we tend not to think of what items we transmit to our children. In most cases it is innocuous like, my daughter learning to love the local Greek Dinner where she is treated like a diva. I cringe when she asks for crusts cut off her bread or extra sprinkles as I am no maitenence.
Odd things like where we travel do have an impact. My daughter learned about Union Square by accident as I take my little dog to the dog run there. For me the area is like an old home. The Strand, Forbidden Planet, Barnes and Noble are familiar haunts. I can often be found sitting on the steps or nearby Washington Square reading the NY Post or a series of never ending books.
For my daughter the area has an interesting playground an amazing frozen yougart truck. She loves the area, albeit for vastly different reasons. Unfortunately, she wanted to go last Sunday when the local nearby Gay Pride March aka the World's Fair of Bad Taste was nearby and a really stupid environmental fest was in the Park. I chose an approach that would avoid the march. The only comment was "Dad those guys dress funny". My reaction was simply a smile and a gentle nod.
Interestingly, I was more bothered by the environmental fest for its blatant attempts to brainwash children with music, puppets and scare rhetoric. I had a talk about jobs and political activists seeking power by scaring the public.
The passage of Gay Marriage in NYC was inevitable. A politically powerful minority pushed a law that was really not wanted by the public. A vote on the issue with Civil Unions as an option would have revealed the publics true sentiment for acknowledging them as humans but keeping far away from the state sticking its nose into religious terms.
As an officer I am unusual in that I welcome the change so that I do not have to see the comedic Will & Grace farces. I cringe at laws that make otherwise law abiding people into criminals. As an officer we see parts of people's lives for better or worse. The gay asylum cases are ususally a source of pride as it is one of the rare times the asylum laws seem to get it right. The cases are well doccumented and the applicants are credible. My views are not the norm as officers in general are hesitant and cringe at change.